I bid you greetings from the Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence (ODCC). The USA College of Medicine created the ODCC August 1, 2011, and I graciously accepted the appointment to serve as the Assistant Dean. Subsequently, my colleague, Ms. Chante’ Hendrix, was appointed to serve as coordinator for the office and the Division of Health Sciences. Building a strong, diverse team is paramount in importance to the success of creating a diverse and culturally competent environment within the College of Medicine. To this end, an advisory committee to the ODCC has been established, called, the “Working Group.” The Working Group will assist the ODCC in assessing current polices and the development of a comprehensive strategic diversity plan that lends itself to periodic, systematic evaluations. The ODCC is an expanded effort of the USA College of Medicine to develop best policies and practices directed at the outreach, recruitment and retention of a more diverse and culturally competent student body, housestaff and faculty. Beyond efforts directed at recruitment and retention, this office will aim to improve the cultural competence of those within our community. We will consider not only those issues related to race, ethnicity and gender, but also focus on issues related to sexual orientation, religious beliefs, age, physical disabilities and health disparities. Our vision is for the College of Medicine to become more culturally competent through a rich tapestry of diversity and multiculturalism.
A foreign soil that’s not so foreign,
Sometimes so unfamiliar, but most often seems like native land.
Merging two worlds rooted in perceptions with very little based on facts.
While each is unique and different, alone neither is all it could be.
They are like two precious metals, one that shines brilliantly but too soft and the other is strong and hard, but lacks the brilliance of its counterpart.
The bright of day joins the dark of night to form the dusk of time when the two worlds come together.
Together this union results into something that’s beautiful, hard and strong.
Together their value and usefulness exceeds their individual worth.
- J. Haynes Jr., 2011
Johnson Haynes, Jr., MD
Assistant Dean of the Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence
Professor of Medicine
Director, USA Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center
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